Emailers and Oven Pancakes

Persistence can be a virtue. Other times, not so much.

Remember the guy with the awkward voice? Yeah, the story didn’t end there.

When we had left off, I knew that I didn’t want to see said gentleman again for a variety of reasons…being late, the quick urge to settle down, and that whole voice that was higher than my niece’s.

It soon because obvious he did not feel the same way.

The next day, I had an email.

“Hi, I had a gr8 time last night! We had tonz in common and your super hot. Can’t wait to see you again! Here’s my phone number, what’s yours? Email back soon pls!”

Yes, the typos above are correct.

I then very politely responded back a few days later that I was busy with work (which I was), that I was not interest (also true) and thus unfortunately I did not think (my word choice as I was attempting to be polite) I would be able to see him again, but I wished him the very best in his continual search on online dating.

And then…

“Hey, R U any less busy with work? Would love to see you again! What’s your phone number?”

This time, I chose not to respond, as I had already said I wasn’t interested.

But the emails kept coming…for weeks.

“Hey, call me sometime!”

“Hey, I’m still interested, have you changed your mind?”

“Hey, just wanted to say hi again! Really would love to see you!”

Two months went by. The emails kept coming. I blocked his emails on the online dating website. I blocked his profile name. He changed his profile name and continued emailing. I blocked that but he just did it again.

Thankfully he continually made me a favorite and didn’t change his profile picture, so I at least was able to block him on a fairly quick basis and slightly decrease the annoyance.

I can’t imagine what he would have done if he had my phone number or last name.

Stay the Course Oven Pancake


this is one case where persistence and waiting are okay with me


  •  3 tbsp butter
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 c skim milk
  • 1/2 c flour (fluff up flour before measuring)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • Fresh fruit
  • Jam or Jelly
  • Powdered sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Place butter in 10-in oven-safe nonstick frying pan. Place in oven until butter melts (approximately 3-4 minutes).
  3. While butter is melting, beat eggs by hand until they just start to lighten (about 1 minute). Add in milk and beat again until combined.
  4. In a separate bowl, mix together flour, salt, nutmeg, and cinnamon.
  5. While whisking eggs, add flour mixture until mixture is smooth.
  6. Once butter has melted, remove pan from oven. Pour batter into center. Place pan back in the oven.
  7. Bake for 25-30 minutes until pancake browns and grows up the side (see picture). DO NOT OPEN OVEN DOOR FOR FIRST 20 MINUTES (and preferably the first 25). Wait at least 20 minutes to open oven to check and see if the center is set and browning (if you open it earlier, the pancake won’t rise properly).
  8. While baking, heat jam or jelly 30 seconds-1 minute in the microwave until warm. Add in fruit.
  9. When brown, remove pancake from oven. Add fresh fruit and jam/jelly mixture to center. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Serves 2

76 thoughts on “Emailers and Oven Pancakes

  1. Love your blog. Going through the same thing you are. 🙂 Just stopped after 1 month of dating. Warned the guy that if he moved too fast, I back up faster. He didn’t listen. How many times in one night can he say “Have I told you how happy I am to see you?” Gee, not in the last 15 minutes. 🙂 Going to try your pancake recipe.

    1. Oh I have another story about a quick commit coming up…

  2. This is hilarious! I hope he eventually gets the hint, although that isn’t looking likely, and leaves you alone.

    1. I ended up blocking all emails from online dating now in order to end the barrage of emails…

  3. Now that is one awesome pancake! As for Mr. Squeaky, how could you possibly resist someone with such charm? All those compliments and you still aren’t relenting?

    1. I know, I’m such a horrible person 😉

  4. sounds like not a great time.

    1. Thankfully I never told him I have a blog 😉

      1. The Radical Gardener December 27, 2012 — 3:20 pm

        My email has a link to my blog, but do you think he ever read them? Nope. They are all about themselves.

  5. HA! This is a riot and there is no hope for this scary little man. And the odd abbreviations/typos in the first email are horrible. That would be enough for me! The pancake looks completely amazing and a perfect Sunday loungey treat. Good luck! 😀

    1. I normally make it on my day off work 🙂

  6. I love the text message almost as much as the idea of making pancakes in the oven- haha. But seriously… how have I never heard of this idea before now?

  7. Poor guy. Sounds like he has no clue.

    I learned this pancake as a “Dutch Baby”. Looking at the picture makes me want to make one! Yum!

    1. I think Dutch Babies normally have sugar in them, which is why I didn’t use that name 🙂

  8. HAHAHAHAHA! Sorry to hear about the squeaky voiced stalker.
    “Hi, I had a gr8 time last night! We had tonz in common and your super hot. Can’t wait to see you again! Here’s my phone number, what’s yours? Email back soon pls!”

    Text type = How can I make myself look like an eight year old while trying to communicate with adults.

    I call these pancakes Dutch Babies. Believe it or not they taste really good with maple syrup, lemon juice, and powdered sugar. I thought the lemon juice sounded weird the first time I had one, but it actually works pretty well.

    1. Dutch babies normally have sugar in the recipe so I didn’t call this a Dutch Baby 😉

      I’ll have to try the lemon juice sometime!

      1. Here in England fresh lemon juice and castor sugar is one of the most popular pancake toppings. Trust me, it is really really good!

      2. Here in England fresh lemon juice with castor sugar is one of the most popular pancake toppings. Trust me, it is really really good!

      3. The recipe I have for what I learned was a Dutch Baby and have always called a Dutch Baby does not have sugar. But I am sure there are a million recipes and a bunch of names for things. But the Dutch Baby recipe I have is sugarless . . . . . so I put a lot of powdered sugar on top!

      4. Sometimes I don’t even use the powdered sugar and I just use the fresh fruit- for some reason the pancake tastes like there is sugar in it!

      5. Better for you . . . .not using the sugar. I am not a fruit with pastry/pie/whatever type of person.

      6. I’m far more of a savory person than I am a sweet person…but even I can crave sweet things sometimes! At least with this I go jam or jelly for the sweetness combined with fruit

    2. I am a savory over sweet too. But I just don’t like fruit in things. I would rather have a plain apple than apple pie (which I wouldn’t even have). And I don’t put syrup on pancakes (regular ones). But I like powdered sugar on French Toast and this pancake. I do like banana pies. Oh, I just remembered seeing a Bananas Foster German Pancake. I would probably like that.

  9. You have a stalker. You should contact the local police. He does, after all, know what you look like. He might know your profession (you didn’t say), and might even be able to find out where you work. Stalkers can be amazingly persistent and amazingly insane. Do not take this lightly.

    1. What Jerry said. Cybermorons can obtain a lot of info about ya…But moving on, that pancake looks scary good. STOP THAT! 🙂
      I’m personally taking a break from dating to concentrate on finding a different job–and of course, becoming a Crazy Cat Lady, which, believe it or not, is not as easy as it sounds…muah!

      1. Thankfully I live in a big city with plenty of residents so I’m a bit harder to track down!

        It can’t be hard to become a crazy cat lady…just hit up the Humane Society 😉

  10. Where would you get an oven-safe frying pan? I’ve used an iron frying pan, is that what you used?

    1. Check your cookware label- I have a stainless steel nonstick cuisinart frying pan that is oven safe up to 500 degrees for up to an hour.

      Most things are oven safe as long as they don’t have plastic on them (you likely need a metal handle!).

  11. That pancake is a must for me …. Looking good and reads good.
    Yes, it was scary with that guy and his behavior – we can’t be careful enough.
    Sometimes I’m worried when people publish their kids and grandkids on FB and also have their personal details public. Internet is great for communications, but we have to be very wary.

  12. Pancake is in the oven! Love it, no sugar. Now to decide on whether to use my homemade peach & jalapeno jam or honey plum. (No sugar in either.)

    1. The Radical Gardener December 27, 2012 — 7:41 pm

      Homemade applesauce sprinkled with cinnamon!

  13. This recipe reminded me of a Dutch Baby too and I see you already answered the question that it is without sugar. I am always happy to find good recipes without sugar so thank you! I’ll try it. As for Mr. Celery Stalker . . . sheesh!

    1. it’s funny, since it tastes like there’s sugar, but there’s not!

  14. This reminds me of what we used to make at home on Friday nights when we didn’t have any chicken or meat in the refrigerator. We called them Jelly Cakes – funny, how certain things would disappear from the refrigerator on Friday afternoon, and then suddenly re-appear again in the refrigerator on Saturday morning. Sometimes a girl just has to have, what she has to have, on a Friday night for dinner!

    1. Haha it’s funny what we make when we’re “out” of everything else!

  15. I love oven pancakes topped with homemade apple pie filling! I’ve always called it a “pancake popover.”

    1. I’ve swapped out the nutmeg for ginger whenever I use baked apples inside 🙂

  16. I’ve never tried online dating and don’t think I ever would but I have heard some success stories. Sorry yours didn’t quite work out.

    1. I did have quite a few dates- the bad ones are just the ones that make for the best blog stories!

  17. Oh god yum. Say I do not have an oven-safe frying pan, any alternatives?

  18. This is so funny! I feel terrible that you got stuck on a date like this, but it gave you a great story to share. It really makes you wonder about people’s intelligence sometimes…

    1. Yeah I knew within five minutes that I had a potential blog post, and after the fifth email that I had another 😉

      1. hahaha!! So true! Online dating is so tough in that respect. I recently resorted to it myself… we’ll see what kinds of stories I get out of it!

  19. Glad I’m not the only one with online dating disaster stories! LOL But, that’s what makes the world go ’round and gives us amusement and pause to be thankful. 🙂

    The pancake looks good. I’ll have to give it a try this weekend. Good luck with the next date.

    1. It was totally worth the price of online dating for a month based on how many blog posts I got out of it 😉

  20. Well, I must say it made for an interesting breakfast. I did not have a 10 inch pan. What is up with that?! I only had 8 and 12. I thought well smaller is always better or the batter will be spread too thin, I was WRONG. If you could have seen it you would have laughed your head off. Your picture was “look I’m so perfect and sweet” My picture would have said, “RARRRR I am breakfast, I shall conquer your oven!!” Next time I will either use the 12 inch or try a baking pan with higher sides..goodness. It was delicious though lol.

    1. Hahaha that’s a priceless picture. Use a pie pan next time instead! 😉

  21. I am definitely making these pancakes. I made a version of them years ago, but lost the recipe. Thanks!

    As for the guy- at least he makes for a great story? Damn good thing you didn’t tell him about your blog! Sheesh. Anyway, thanks so much for the recipes and the awesomely funny stories. Best of luck!

  22. OK, that does it. I’m not ever even going to ask for a woman’s phone number again. The potential fallout is just tooooooooo embarrassing. Think I’ll just stay home.

    And make these, of course. Any recipe that begins with THREE TABLESPOONS OF BUTTER has my attention.

    By the way – I’m not going anywhere near your comment that you’re more a savory person than sweet. I could, you know, as a writer, be all over that. But no, not tonight. I don’t want to be blogged about.

  23. it’s my anniversary on new years day. After the partying and the drinking this will be perfect to soak up the night’s festivities!

  24. You seem to attract a lot of crazies..loool!
    Will love to try this!

    1. I only write about the crazy ones 😉

  25. I’m slightly new to your blog but I love it!!! The stories that you have just crack me up!! Better luck with the guys you come across in the future!!

    1. Haha thanks! Things do seem to be looking up lately

  26. Definitely making this soon, do you know if it reheats well? I generally make a frittata and eat on it for breakfast most of the week. I’d love to be able to have some pancake with it too 🙂

    1. I’ve never tried reheating it, so let me know how it goes! Personally I’m not the biggest fan of reheating breakfast items, so I wouldn’t be the most help in that anyway 😉

  27. Learning the hard way January 1, 2013 — 11:16 pm

    Ah, the perils of on-line dating..having dabbled in it during another life I can only agree that the nut jobs are a bloggers dream. Fortunately dysfunctional family and whacky off-spring remain reliable blog fodder mainstays these days. I’m now about to blow my dietary NY resolutions on your outrageously great looking pancake recipe. Thank you…? 🙂

    1. It’s really not that bad for you…

  28. Good Gravy! When people act like that I convince myself they didn’t have anyone in their life to teach them social etiquette. PS I have got to try that oven pancake!

    1. That or they just ignored anything someone tried to teach them…

  29. Crazy stalkers! One of the many reasons I hated online dating when I was single. Best of luck to you (I hope this guy eventually went away). Thanks for the recipes!

    1. He definitely went away- was just a bit persistent with the email for a while. I actually knew someone who worked with him who said the poor guy was harmless- just had no clue whatsoever that someone wasn’t interested…

  30. Wow – he is persistent! You would think he would give up and stalk someone else if you keep blocking him! I only tried on-line dating once – it was such a disaster, I gave it up! Hope to never have to deal with stuff like that again!

    1. Haha it’s been a few months without any contact

  31. Yummy! I made this today. It was super yummy. Usually when I make it I don’t put the spices in it. So this was a change and it was delicious! Thanks again!

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